A motion has been filed to consolidate all federally-filed talcum powder lawsuits involving injuries allegedly caused by Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) for pretrial handling.
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What’s the Problem?
July 22, 2016 – A Motion for Transfer was filed last Friday with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML), listing the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois as the most appropriate venue for the proposed MDL. Plaintiff indicates that the venue “would permit convenient travel for the parties and counsel as compared to the east or west coast” given that the parties involved in the litigation live in a number of different states.
The complaints allege that Johnson & Johnson ignored studies which found a link between its talcum powder products and ovarian cancer, and failed to warn about this risk. To date, at least 11 such lawsuits have been filed in 10 federal jurisdictions, according to court documents. Centralized litigations are currently underway in St. Louis, MO., and New Jersey Superior Court.
In May, a St. Louis jury ordered J&J to pay $55 million in damages to a 62-year-old South Dakota woman who developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower for decades. The case is Ristesund v. Johnson & Johnson, Imerys Talc America, Inc. J&J was also defeated in February, and forced to pay a $72 million verdict to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer. That case is: Hogans v. Johnson & Johnson. Both complaints are part of Case Number: 1422-CC09012-01; State of Missouri 22nd Circuit Court, City of St. Louis.
Plaintiffs in the currently pending lawsuits similarly allege that when regularly applied to the genital areas, J&J’s talcum powder products increase the risk of ovarian cancer. Allegations also include that talc particles may travel into the vagina, becoming trapped in the ovaries. The buildup of talc may cause a form of inflammation that encourages cancerous cells to develop.
Do I Have a Talcum Powder Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in talcum powder lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cancer cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you got cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower-to-Shower, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.